Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cookies

These Chocolate Caramel Turtle Cookies are perfectly soft and chewy and crunchy and chocolatey and nutty and caramel-y all at the same time. Delicious!


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Chocolate Cookie:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Nutty Topping:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups pecans (chopped finely)

Caramel Centres:

  • 16 soft caramel candies
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream


Making the Cookie Dough:

  1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
  2. With a mixer cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  3. Then add the egg, milk, and vanilla and combine.
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Now it’s time to chill the dough: wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until it is firm, about 1 hour. OR put it in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Putting the cookies together:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Whip the 2 egg whites until frothy (I use a hand blender to do this). Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the chopped pecans. Set aside.
  5. Using your hands, roll the cookie dough into 1 inch balls, then roll the ball in the egg whites, then immediately in the chopped pecans.
  6. Place the cookie dough balls 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.
  7. Then using a 1/2 tsp measuring spoon, make an indentation in centre of each ball (see above picture).
  8. Bake the cookies until set, about 10-12 minutes.

Preparing the caramel:

  1. Just as the cookies are done baking, it’s time to make the caramel sauce.
  2. Microwave the caramels and cream in a bowl for 1 – 2 minutes, stirring a couple of times during the melting process.
  3. Once cookies are baked, remove them from the oven, and gently repress the existing indentations (they will have bubbled up a bit and you need an indentation for the caramel).
  4. Fill each indentation with 1/2 tsp of the caramel mixture.
  5. Cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Enjoy!

Keywords: chocolate cookies, cookies, turtle cookies